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UCPS Returning to School 2020-2021

The most up-to-date information about returning to campus for the 2020-2021 school year will be made available on this site. Flexibility and adaptability will be key this year as we move forward; therefore, information here is subject to change.  Please check back regularly for updates.
We will continue to work with the Healthy at School Guidelines provided by the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Public Health , and Kentucky Education Development and Workforce Cabinet. We will also be working closely with our local health department to make decisions that are relative to our specific county. 
Traditional School
UCPS Traditional School with In-Person Classes
We believe the best place for many of our students is in the school building. 
Students enrolled in Union County Public Schools will return to campus and classrooms on a regular schedule with in-person teachers. Health and safety procedures will be enhanced and meet Kentucky's Healthy at School Guidelines.
Health and Safety Actions on Campus
  • Symptom screening for all staff and students to include daily temperature checks
  • Students with symptoms will be isolated under adult supervision and parents will be contacted
  • Social distancing and/or masking in common areas with signs and floors marked for safe distance
  • Hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the schools
  • Students in 1st-12th grade will be required to wear masks during transitions and in classrooms when appropriate social distancing is not possible. Masks will be provided for those who do not bring their own. For more details, see Healthy at School document below or FAQs. 
  • Increase cleaning protocols in all areas of the school

  • Increase frequency of handwashing
  • Limit group gatherings
  • Parents will ensure student is fever free before getting on the bus

  • Use of masks on buses where social distancing cannot be accommodated for 1st-12th grade students

  • Hand sanitizer will be available on buses

  • Buses will be sanitized between routes

  • Household members will be encouraged to sit together

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UCPS Virtual Learning
We understand that in the best interest of their health, some students may be unable to return to traditional in-person classes in a school building. 
Students who opt for virtual learning will complete work from home using virtual learning provided by Union County Public Schools. This will be different than the instruction that occurs in the classroom.  
This option should not be confused with the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) provided during the emergency school closure of Spring 2020.  NTI will be used for short-term closures of traditional in-school instruction such as snow days or restrictions related to public health guidelines. 
Expectations for Virtual Learning
  • High quality internet

  • Students will be enrolled in Virtual Learning until at least Fall Break, after which the option to switch to in-person instruction may be available

  • Use of a reliable device, like Chromebook, laptop, or desktop computer. Cell phones are not sufficient for the level of work needed for this learning choice.

  • Daily attendance in online classes following a set participation rate

  • Daily participation in assignments from classes on your schedule
  • Consistent communication and feedback between teacher, students, and parents

  • Teachers will be district wide teachers and the student's teacher will not necessarily be from their districted school 

Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Students may participate in after school activities if they meet eligibility guidelines. Each situation will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Support for Families
  • Partnership between parents and teachers will be key to student success

  • Support from teachers to meet students' needs will be during set school hours only.  

  • Parent training on tools to be frequently used by students. 

  • Meals are still provided for free for students; however, must be picked up at school. 

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